Green Room Gang shows an­nounced

Record Observer - - News -

CHURCH HILL — If you have chil­dren or grand­chil­dren who want to spend their sum­mer singing, danc­ing and mak­ing life­long friends, look no fur­ther than Church Hill Theatre.

CHT’s Green Room Gang sum­mer theater camp is a four- to five-week pro­gram that cul­mi­nates in two fully staged mu­si­cals adapted for young per­form­ers.

This year’s mu­si­cals have been se­lected. The 2016 GRG Ju­nior camp will be pro­duc­ing “The Jun­gle Book, Kids,” and Se­nior campers will take on “Bugsy Malone, Jr.” for the camp’s fi­nal per­for­mances in July.

GRG Ju­nior, for youth en­ter­ing grades one through five, will be led by Becca Van Aken, long­time GRG in­struc­tor and full-time teacher. The campers will bring to the stage mem­o­rable char­ac­ters from the clas­sic Dis­ney film “The Jun­gle Book,” with a script specif­i­cally writ­ten for kids.

GRG Jr. be­gins Mon­day, June 27, and runs Mon­days through Thurs­days from 9 a.m. to noon. Full tu­ition for the four-week pro­gram is $330, with a 10 per­cent dis­count for CHT mem­bers.

GRG Se­nior, for young peo­ple en­ter­ing grades six through 12, be­gins Mon­day, June 20, and runs Mon­days through Thurs­days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Un­der the in­struc­tion of CHT vet­eran and staff mem­ber Liz Clarke, the campers will travel back in time to the roaring ‘20s in “Bugsy Malone Jr.,” when “bad guy” gang­sters were a force to be reck­oned with. Full tu­ition for the five-week pro­gram is $550, with a 10 per­cent dis­count for CHT mem­bers.

Schol­ar­ships are avail­able for both camps.

Serv­ing Clarke and Van Aken as tech­ni­cal as­sis­tant will be Nina Sharp, pre­vi­ous Se­nior in­struc­tor for GRG and cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of Church Hill Theatre. Re­turn­ing GRG in­tern Shan­non Whi­taker will be joined by Iz Cle­mens, both of whom have re­ceived ex­ten­sive train­ing in theater at the col­lege level and will as­sist both di­rec­tors through­out the camp.

Fi­nal per­for­mances for GRG will be 7 p.m. Thurs­day and Fri­day, July 21 and 22, and 2 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day, July 23 and 24.

For ap­pli­ca­tions or more in­for­ma­tion on GRG, call the CHT busi­ness of­fice at 410556-6003 or email of­fice@ church­hillthe­atre.org. Ap­pli­ca­tions are due by May 27.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Shown in the photo are the stu­dents of 2015 Green Room Gang at Church Hill Theatre in their cur­tain call pose. Front row is the cast of Green Room Gang Jr. in their GRG T-shirts, and back row fea­tures the cast of Green Room Gang Sr. just af­ter per­form­ing “Into the Woods Jr.”

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